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maagk

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How would you climb a mountain from a dead stop. Going to a dog show site that at the bottom of the mountain there is a traffic light. How do you recommend that I climb the hill from a dead stop. Last year I did get the light red and creeped up the hill in drive. I have an automatic with overdrive. Thank you in advance.

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maagk wrote:

How would you climb a mountain from a dead stop. Going to a dog show site that at the bottom of the mountain there is a traffic light. How do you recommend that I climb the hill from a dead stop. Last year I did get the light red and creeped up the hill in drive. I have an automatic with overdrive. Thank you in advance.


Please describe the ""Mountain" how steep, how long?

What is your TV and what and how much weight are you towing. What is your gear ratio.


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Ford explorer, 20' travel trailer, i do not know the grade, but it is called 3 mile hill. I am a single woman and have no idea what the gear ratio is.

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Turn off the overdrive, Put it in drive, and mash the gas. it will go up in the best gear it can, at the best speed it can. It's an Auto. Let it do it's job. However, coming down is different. Use a gear low enough to keep you from riding the brakes, be it 2nd, or even 1st. Start down in that gear, and go slow. again, turn off the overdrive.


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Push your right foot as far down as you need to so that it goes the speed you want to go. If the trailer is within what your Explorer has been rated to tow it was engineering to climb that grade with the trailer with no problems. Turning off the overdrive won't make any difference, it won't be going fast enough to get into overdrive.

When I was a Ford engineer I ran tests just like this. There was an eight mile grade that we had to climb starting at a red light at the bottom. We did the test only when it was more than 95°F outside, and with a trailer that was weighted to be at the maximum the truck was rated to tow. In some cases I planted my right foot all the way on the floor and didn't lift it again until I crested the peak, eight miles later.


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maagk wrote:

How would you climb a mountain from a dead stop. Going to a dog show site that at the bottom of the mountain there is a traffic light. How do you recommend that I climb the hill from a dead stop. Last year I did get the light red and creeped up the hill in drive. I have an automatic with overdrive. Thank you in advance.

Which show are you going to? Are you going by the directions in the premium list?

Many times the directions in the premium list is NOT the best way to get there. I've almost killed myself a couple of times with the MH towing, following those directions. My bet is there is another better way in to the show site.

I've been to almost all of them maybe I can help you out avoid the steep grade.


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Posted: 08/11/12 10:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Floor it, ease up for the 1-2 shift and hold 2nd at full throttle to the top.


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When descending a hill, it's best to use quick jabs to the brakes rather than riding them at all which makes them hot and less responsive.


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I guess I am afraid I will blow up engine. Last year the tach was very high and it scared me. I do watch the tach always when I am towing and someone told me to always turn off the OD. I do know to go down grade to down shift, but I did not know if I had to down shift to go uphill.

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maagk wrote:

I guess I am afraid I will blow up engine. Last year the tach was very high and it scared me. I do watch the tach always when I am towing and someone told me to always turn off the OD. I do know to go down grade to down shift, but I did not know if I had to down shift to go uphill.


You dont. As you already know, Do not tow in OD. Leave in reg drive and just hit the gas and go uphill. All OBD II cars (computer talk) "this includes your Explorer" has a safety built in that will not allow your engine to overrev. It will shut it down before it blows up.

You will be fine. Mash the skinny pedal on the right and let her go.


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